two students on a mountain in Williamstown

It’s Mountain Day!

On Friday morning President Maud S. Mandel canceled classes and the bells rang out “The Mountains,” signifying the start of Mountain Day.

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ribbons tied to a structure as part of the collaborative artistic response project

Pandemic Letters

An ongoing public art installation outside the college museum shares messages of safety and healing from the campus community during the pandemic.

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duke ellington and sterling a. brown, Williams Class of 1922, at Howard University

In the Records

Williams Libraries celebrates the longtime friendship between Sterling A. Brown, Class of 1922, and Duke Ellington with a 175-song playlist from Brown’s record collection, part of the college archives.

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sketch of West College by Dan Cohn-Sherbok, Williams Class of 1966

Drawing Williams

Every week during the Covid pandemic, Dan Cohn-Sherbok ’66 has drawn a cartoon of the college, shared via his class’s blog as a digital jigsaw puzzle.

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wooden surfboard shaper Chase Davenport, Williams Class of 2012, outside his office at the Wood Shop in San Francisco

Guided by the Tides

Chase Davenport ’12 says of his job, “When the tide is dropping, we are surfing.” He spoke to the Williams Alumni podcast about challenging health hurdles, an undercover semester at Harvard, and other twists and turns that led him to become a wooden surfboard shaper in San Francisco.

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still shot of class of 2025 with play button

Together at Williams

Check out our photo collection documenting the start of the academic year. We’ll be adding more as more students return to campus and classes begin! You can also watch this time-lapse video of the Class of 2025, gathered together for the first time to take their class photo-safely masked, of course!  

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Photograph of Roger Federer playing tennis

Chris Clarey ’86 on Roger Federer

Having covered international sports for nearly 30 years, Chris Clarey ’86 has published a biography of renowned tennis player Roger Federer. In his new book titled The Master: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer, Clarey, a New York Times tennis correspondent, tells the story of Federer’s longevity on the court using insight…

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Photo of Williams student Ashlyn Oh.

Unearthing History

On a sweltering day in August, Ashlyn Oh ’23 combed through a freshly poured bucket of loosely packed dirt, searching for clues that might increase understanding and awareness of the 1783 Ox Roast, an event significant to both Mohican and American history that took place near Stockbridge, Mass.

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Photograph of women involved with Nyanam International, an organization founded by Jackline Odhiambo, Williams Class of 2013

Helping Kenyan Widows to Thrive

When Jackline Odhiambo ’13 first flew from her home in Kenya to the U.S.—to enroll at Williams—she prayed from her airplane seat that the work she would do in college would make her mother proud. “As the child of a widowed woman, I saw how much she had to labor, how much she sacrificed, to…

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Part of a page from the graphic novel Himawari House, due out in October 2021

Stories that Connect

It sounds like a panel from a comic book hero’s story: One moment in time changed everything for Kiara Valdez ’16. It was 2015, the summer before she graduated from Williams, and an editor placed a copy of In Real Life in Valdez’s hands during an informational interview. The graphic novel, by Cory Doctorow and…

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